We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?

Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?

What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.

This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

How can you paint the faces of these eight cubes so they can be put together to make a 2 x 2 cube that is green all over AND a 2 x 2 cube that is yellow all over?

Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out - they become quite complicated!

Try to picture these buildings of cubes in your head. Can you make them to check whether you had imagined them correctly?

Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your prediction.

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?

Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?

What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?

This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.

Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?